Expert Guide to Spring Plumbing Maintenance

May 20, 2016

You may already understand that your heating and AC equipment needs seasonal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but did you realize that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Chief/Bauer Service Experts offers the Plumbing PLUS™ Maintenance Agreement for Champaign homeowners to help them discover issues before they turn into big problems. While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and plan your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a few ways you can get your home in ideal plumbing shape for spring.

  • Inspect for leaks

Look at both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, swapping out the fixtures or repairing the leak could help enhance the faucet’s performance and may even lower your water bill.

After the faucets, examine all exposed pipes for signs of leaks. You can typically see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. Sometimes pipes can freeze and then crack so spring is the perfect time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage or plumbing problems.

  •       Give your drains some seriously overdue attention
Check your toilet for any cracks or leaks in the bowl and the tank. If it looks like it’s in good condition, go ahead and put about six drops of food coloring into the actual tank. Wait for about 35 minutes and then look at the bowl. If the water in the bowl is not colored with the dye, you’re fine. If the color appears in the bowl, you could have a leak and need to call a plumbing expert.
  •       Remember your water heater maintenance
If something foul seems to be drifting up through any of the drains in your home, it could be evidence that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Verify there are strains installed in all your drains to prevent hair and other remains from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. Following treatment with a common drain cleaner, pour four quarts of water through drains that are not used often. This will fill the trap and help to prevent odors from seeping in and stinking up your home.

Your water heater takes good care of you so ensure you’re returning the favor. Keep in mind that newer water heaters have a higher efficiency, so if yours is more than 15 years old, it could be time to purchase a new one to help make sure you don’t have that unexpected burst of cold water for a week. Whether or not you plan on purchasing an upgraded water heater, there are some things you can do to help keep it functioning properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help reduce your energy usage (and help reduce your bills) while also preventing scalding. For safety sake, you will want to move away any objects from around the water heater. Your 12 month Plumbing PLUS Maintenance program includes a water heater maintenance; and it could actually help your water heater operate more efficiently and avoid plumbing problems from happening.

These are just some ways of how you can help get your plumbing ready for spring, but if you are not confident performing any of these tasks, you are welcome to call Chief/Bauer Service Experts and we can come out and conduct your annual plumbing maintenance and rectify (or help avoid) any plumbing problems.

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